By James Dashner, published by Chicken House.
The Trials for Thomas, and groups A and B. It should all be over now- no more lies, just a cure for the flare, and the chance for all of the gladers to get their memories back from before the trials. But Thomas can remember more than they think, and he knows they can’t be trusted. He teams up with Minho, Newt, Brenda and Jorge, and breaks out of the WICKED laboratories. They begin an epic, action-packed adventure in the flare-infected America, where they discover the extent of the disease and that some people are keen to get their hands on them because they’re Immunes. Can they work together along with Teresa and everybody else in the Right Arm, a rebellious group, to take down WICKED for good?
After seeing a lot of bad reviews on Goodreads I was sure I wasn’t going to like this finale to the trilogy, However, it was absolutely brilliant! It had a totally different plot and setting than the two Maze Runner books before it, and was equally imaginative… and terrifying too. The Flare-infected towns, the new city of Denver and the WICKED compound were all well described and believable locations. All of the events in The Death Cure were exhilarating and edge-of-your-seat stuff. I loved the whole new perspective on WICKED, as there were good points as well as bad points about them in this book. It really made me re-think my opinion on them, because really they were god- but just went about the whole saving-the-human-race-thing in the wrong way.
Thomas was just as bold and determined as he was in the previous books. I still loved reading about him. He had a heck of a lot to deal with in this book, and I was rooting for him the whole way through. Also, Newt became a lot bolder. After he discovered he was infected with the Flare, and wasn’t immune, a lot of the story became centered around the difficulties he was facing about leaving his friends. I really felt for him. As well as him taking a bigger role, I think Brenda became a very major character in this final installment. But, as much as I liked to see her betray WICKED to save Thomas and the gladers, I didn’t like her for becoming a major character. It seemed like as she became a bigger part of the story, Teresa (my favourite character after Thomas) was shrinking into the background. She didn’t get much of a part at all, except for at the end… which I won’t spoil but will say I was very sad at!
Overall, The Death Cure was a very action packed and well-structured end to an amazing and unforgettable series which I will probably re-read sometime. I loved the outcome, but was saddened very much by the deaths of two great characters. The ending left me wondering what would happen next, in the unwritten chapters of Thomas’s and the remaining survivors’s lives as they rebuild the broken world around them. I’ll definitely read more from James Dashner, and hope he writes some more about this awesome fictional world. Maybe he could write a book about Thomas’s son, or something, I don’t know… I just want more!